20 charged as part of sheriff’s ‘War on Drugs’

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Another 20 people have been charged with drug offenses as part of Laurel County Sheriff John Root’s ‘War on Drugs.”

According to the sheriff, detectives, deputies, and the department’s K-9 teams were part of the round up.

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While conducting unrelated drug investigations, answering complaints and at traffic stops, investigators found subjects with meth, heroin, Xanax, hydrocodone, gabapentin, assorted pills, scales, hypodermic needles, glass pipes with white residue, cut straws with residue and other paraphernalia, and U.S. currency,. the sheriff said.

Some subjects were also found with outstanding warrants and outstanding warrants for failure to appear on drug charges.
According to the department’s Facebook page, those arrested and the charges against them are:
1. Lee Merritt Sr., Age 55 arrested off Hawk Creek Road charged with possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; public intoxication – controlled substances.
2. Justin Mullins age 27 of Old County Road, McKee, Ky arrested on Hal Rogers Parkway in London charged with trafficking in a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense; trafficking in a controlled substance – third-degree – first offense; possession of a controlled substance – third-degree; prescription controlled substances not in proper container – first offense; resisting arrest.
3. Destiny Hobbs age 19 of Mildred Road, McKee, Ky arrested off Wendell Way in London charged with possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – methamphetamine.
4. Steven Wayne Helton age 35 of Hanes Baker Rd., Corbin arrested off West Cumberland Gap Pkwy. charged with possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance – second-degree; prescription controlled substances not in proper container – first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia.
5. Kenny Blake Wagers, Jr age 21 of McWhorter Road, London arrested off McWhorter Road charged with possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – heroin; possession of drug paraphernalia.
6. Charles Nantz age 30 of Clancy Ln., Lily arrested off Clancy Lane charged with trafficking in a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – methamphetamine; wanton endangerment – degree; three counts of possession of a controlled substance – third-degree; possession of drug paraphernalia.
7. Ricky Lee Miracle age 33 of Cecil Wyatt Rd., Corbin arrested off West Cumberland Gap Pkwy. charged on a Whitley Circuit Court bench warrant of arrest charging court order violation regarding charges of possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia.
8. Kimberly Ann Hubbard age 33 of Blake Dr., London arrested off Miracle Lane in London charged with public intoxication – controlled substances – stated had been using meth; disorderly conduct – second-degree; an outstanding Laurel District Court bench warrant charging failure to appear in court.
9. Ashley R. Smith age 24 of Barr Creek Rd., Oneida, KY arrested off East Laurel Rd. charged with possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana.
10. Christopher Adam Cole age 32 of Runnels Branch Road, Littcarr, KY arrested on KY 490 charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence – first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia with meth residue; operating on suspended or revoked operator’s license.
11. Rebecca Caudill age 32 of Runnels Branch Road, Littcarr, KY arrested on KY 490 charged with public intoxication – controlled substances; possession of drug paraphernalia with meth residue.
12. Joseph Chad Curry age 45 of Curry Rd., London arrested off Curry Road charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
13. James Marcum age 46 of East Laurel Rd., London arrested off East Laurel Rd. charged on a failure to appear warrant.
14. Mary Melissa Roark age 36 of Fire House Rd., East Bernstadt charged with possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – methamphetamine.
15. Landon Collins age 32 of Locust Grove Rd., London arrested off East 4th Street in London charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
16. Irvin Johnson age 34 of Taylor Subdivision Rd., London arrested off Tobacco Road in London charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; wanton endangerment – second-degree – police officer is victim.
17. Angela Shepherd age 43 of Sally’s Branch Rd., London arrested off Slate Lick Road charged with trafficking in a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – methamphetamine; trafficking in a controlled substance – third-degree – second offense.
18. Linda Jane Wallace age 50 of Van Hollow Road, McKee, KY arrested off Slate Lick Road charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence – second offense; driving on DUI suspended license – first offense; trafficking in a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – methamphetamine; trafficking in a controlled substance – third-degree – second offense; prescription controlled substances not in proper container – first offense; driving on DUI suspended license – first offense.
19. Johnny Gregory age 51 of Highway 472, Manchester arrested off Slate Lick Rd. charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
20. Marsha Denny age 41 of Sally’s Branch Rd., London arrested off Slate Lick Rd. charged with public intoxication – controlled substances; possession of drug paraphernalia.